Give me work, and I'll stay with you. It will serve you right," replied the miller, half pleased and half angry. The new mill hand went into the mill and worked in spite of it all.
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When night fell he lay down a bit, but he did not let himself fall asleep, looking and looking to see what might be haunting the mill. Suddenly a large, beautiful cat crept up to him, meowed, arched its back, wagged its tail, and continued to creep around the mill hand. It was all he could do to ward off the uncanny animal. When he realized that "Get! With that the cat slunk out the door. The mill hand thought to himself, "Just dare to come back! Early the next morning the miller came, expecting to see the mill hand's corpse.
Was he surprised when the boy approached him, singing and whistling, and told him the story of the cat. As evening was approaching the mill hand fetched a little hatchet and hid it in his bed. Night soon came. The boy lay down, and again the cat crept up to him meowing. This time the mill hand did not shoo it away, but was nice to it and attempted to lure it closer and closer to him. When it was standing right next to his bed, he quickly pulled out the hatchet and with a laugh chopped off one of its front paws.
With pitiful meows the cat hobbled on three legs out the door. Early the next morning the miller came again to see how the boy had fared. The latter had scarcely come into his master's view when he joyfully cried out, "Just see what the beast left behind! It will never come to me again! The miller had a good laugh and could not have been more pleased with his new mill hand.
After laughing his fill, he went about his business, and the morning passed like any other, although the master did wonder why his wife was nowhere to be seen. Noontime came, and there was still no fire in the kitchen. The master finally lost his patience, and he shouted everywhere for his "old woman. Finally the miller went upstairs to the bedroom where he found his wife still in bed. It is noontime already, and there is not even a piece of kindling burning yet in the kitchen.
Something is wrong with me. Then he suddenly saw that one of her hands had been cut off. The mill hand also perceived immediately that the cat had been none other than the master's wife, and that she was a wicked witch. Return to the table of contents. The Witch as Cat Bohemia At the end of the sixteenth century a miller woman lived in a mill with her six children.
No servant could stay in this mill because during the night a cat with six kittens would always come and bite and scratch the worker, sometimes to death. However, one day a journeyman came to the mill who knew black magic. When he asked for a night's lodging the miller woman said that it would not go well with him, because the place was haunted.
Near midnight a black cat with her six kittens approached the light, wanting to put it out. The journeyman grabbed a hatchet and cut off one of the cat's paws. She let out a terrible shriek, then all of them ran out the door. The next morning the miller woman was ill, and no one knew what was wrong with her. However, the journeyman knew what it was; that morning instead of a cat's paw he had found a human hand lying on the ground. He reported the event, and the miller woman was burned to death, along with her children, for these too someday would have learned witchcraft.
Calve'schen k. Grohmann's source: "Krolmus II, The Witch Germany A miller at a windmill near Wettin was for a long time unable to get a mill hand, because the mill was haunted, and four workers had already died there, one after the other. He finally hired a high-spirited boy. At midnight the boy was shaking out the grain when a small black cat crept up to him. A somewhat larger one followed, and the two of them grinned sinisterly at him. The one said to the other, "I wish the big gray one would come. As soon as it saw the boy it jumped at his throat; but with an ax the boy skillfully struck off half its paw, which immediately turned into half of a woman's arm.
Then the cats ran away. The next morning the boy waited in vain for his breakfast. He went downstairs and asked the miller why there was nothing to eat. The miller apologized, saying that his wife had turned deathly ill.
Then it was known that she was a witch, and she was burned to death. Since none of us have lived from , we can't actually make any concrete statements as to how things were back in that time period. They were burning ordinary normal people, before then, for being witches. Therefore, I'm pretty sure the unusual bumps in the night and weird occurrences were pretty strange for them to experience.
I don't believe this movie was made to be as some call it, "A Hollywood Horror Flick" fictional. This was a good way to try and make people understand what this family went through at a day and age when "Horror Flicks" were not the rage! I have experienced things in life that would probably make some people run for the hills. But I being open-minded to all things in life even non-scientific clearly understand what this film was trying to convey.
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Ghosts: The best of Ghost Movies. Haunted House. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Photos Add Image. Hopkins, traveled from Nashville and shot John W. Nuckolls with a double-barreled shotgun , causing his death. The circumstances of the shooting were contested and S. Hopkins was acquitted of murder. Cross cites a column from the Nashville Banner where it mentions the paper had sent a reporter to Robertson County in the s, John C.
Cooke, to investigate reports of the possible reemergence of the Bell Witch phenomenon. A several page account of the Bell Witch legend was included in a sketch of Robertson County and was reportedly written for Nashville's Centennial Exposition in The sketch was published in by the Tennessee Historical Society. The author of the sketch is unknown and the article is undated. Dates in the sketch end at The writer stated the source of the first portion of the narrative from "F. Miles, William Pride, W. Gooch, Ben. Batts, and many others. The witch could speak in several languages and would "set the dogs" on unsuspecting victims.
In the Centennial account, the Bell entity did not explicitly poison John Bell. At one time a vial of poison was found in the flue of the chimney, and being taken down, Dr. George B. Hopson gave one drop to a cat, causing its death in seven seconds. The witch claimed to have put the poison there for the purpose of killing Mr. Being asked how it was going to administer the poison, it said by pouring it into the dinner pot.
It is remarkable that, although he enjoyed good health up to the time of this event, Mr. Bell died within [ ] days after the vial was found, being in a stupor at the time of his death. From this time the people visited the house less frequently, although the witch would now and then be heard. In the Ingram account, attributed to Richard Williams Bell, John Bell was already suffering from an unknown affliction and bedridden for some time. John Bell's son, John Bell Jr. The family called for Dr. Hopson, while the Bell Witch exclaimed she had fed the poison to John Bell.
Alex Gunn and John Bell Jr. The Centennial sketch stated the witch could appear as a rabbit, bear or black dog , and imitate various animal sounds. The sketch described the entity as one of seven spirits with three names given by the author: Three Waters, Tynaperty, and Black Dog. In addition to Kate, the other members of the 'witch family' had the names of Blackdog, Mathematics, Cypocryphy, and Jerusalem. Blackdog was described as the apparent leader of the group.
Goodspeed Brothers' History of Tennessee , recorded a short account of the legend that identified the spirit as female and stated that interest in the phenomenon was widespread in the region at the time. A remarkable occurrence, which attracted wide-spread interest, was connected with the family of John Bell, who settled near what is now Adams Station about So great was the excitement that people came from hundreds of miles around to witness the manifestations of what was popularly known as the "Bell Witch.
It was invisible to the eye, yet it would hold conversation and even shake hands with certain individuals. The freaks it performed were wonderful, and seemingly designed to annoy the family. It would take the sugar from the bowls, spill the milk, take the quilts from the beds, slap and pinch the children, and then laugh at the discomfiture of its victims.
At first it was supposed to be a good spirit, but its subsequent acts, together with the curses with which it supplemented its remarks, proved the contrary. A volume might be written concerning the performances of this wonderful being, as they are now described by contemporaries and their descendants.
That all this actually occurred will not be disputed, nor will a rational explanation be attempted. It is merely introduced as an example of superstition, strong in the minds of all but a few in those times, and not yet wholly extinct. An article was published February 3, describing a series of events from Adam's Station, Tennessee. At dusk, January 27, , Mr.
Hollaway reported watching two unknown women arrive at his home and dismount from their horses as he was feeding cattle. When he arrived at the house, the horses and women were gone. Hollaway's wife reported seeing the women in the yard as well. That week, Mr. Rowland attempted to place a sack of corn on his horse's back and it fell off. He again attempted to place the sack of corn on the horse's back several more times, but each time the sack fell off. Joe Johnson arrived and held on to the sack as Mr.
Rowland mounted his horse. They witnessed the sack floating away for 20 yards where it settled down at the fence. When the men went to retrieve the sack, a voice was heard, "You won't touch this sack anymore. The article reports that Mr. Johnson was visiting Buck Smith and were discussing a recent visitation of the ghost at his home.
They heard a knocking at the door, and when they opened the door, the knocking began at another door. They sat down and the dog began to fight with something invisible. Two minutes later, the door flew open and fire spread across the room blown by a cyclonic wind with the coals disappearing as they tried to put it out. That evening Mr. Johnson started home on his horse and something jumped on the back grabbing his shoulder as he tried to restrain the horse. He felt it jump off as he neared his home and move in the leaves into the woods. Winters reported taking a peculiar bird while hunting with great difficulty.
After he returned home, he opened the game-bag to discover the bird had disappeared and in place was a rabbit which then also disappeared. While burning vegetation outdoors, Mr. Rowland described a visit at 9 p.
Rowland to follow him and dig at a large rock. The figure then disappeared. Rowland dug that night until exhaustion. He received help the next morning from Bill Burgess and Mr. Johnson and discovered something described as a "kettle turned bottom upward. The report concludes saying that many people were visiting to see the witch. The consequences of poor health, family tragedy and fire limited his continuing interest in the newspaper industry.
Barksdale, wrote of his friend and colleague:. We doubt exceedingly if there ever lived a man who performed as much self-sacrificing labor to further the interests of the community in which he lived. He became a citizen of Clarksville forty years ago and from that time practically until the day of his death his greatest concern was the advancement and welfare of his adopted town and county A man of true mold, he despised all deceit, trickery, and littleness, and with a courage which nothing could daunt, he laid on the journalistic lash unsparingly whenever he thought the occasion required.
Naturally, his was not a pathway strewn with roses — his was an aggressive nature, a fact which often brought him into serious collision with those with whom he took issue. Time, however, usually justified him in the positions which he assumed. The week of January 24, , Ingram was suffering from a "severe case of la grippe. Ingram subsequently traveled to Chicago in October , while editor of the Progress-Democrat , in an attempt to publish his manuscript, An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch.
Titus of Clarksville would print the work. Titus stated the witch demonstrated with maniacal singing, laughter, prayers, moaning, clapping, and rattling of the roof. The phenomena caused the printers to evacuate. Now, nearly seventy-five years having elapsed, the old members of the family who suffered the torments having all passed away, and the witch story still continues to be discussed as widely as the family name is known, under misconception of the facts, I have concluded that in justice to the memory of an honored ancestry, and to the public also whose minds have been abused in regard to the matter, it would be well to give the whole story to the World.
Allen Bell expressed the belief that his father's manuscript was written when he was 35 years old in He stated his father gave him the manuscript and family notes shortly before his death in Richard Williams Bell was roughly 6 to 10 years of age during the initial manifestations of the Bell Witch phenomenon and 17 at the occurrence of the spirit's return in The reported contributions of Richard Williams Bell, approximately 90 pages in length, are recorded in Chapter 8 of Ingram's work, entitled Our Family Trouble.
According to Brian Dunning no one has ever seen this diary, and there is no evidence that it ever existed: "Conveniently, every person with firsthand knowledge of the Bell Witch hauntings was already dead when Ingram started his book; in fact, every person with secondhand knowledge was even dead. Brooks explores the possibility that Ingram would have had an enhanced opportunity to modify the story by not returning the papers.
Keith Cartwright of the University of North Florida compares Ingram's work with Uncle Remus folklore as recorded by Joel Chandler Harris and also as an expression of the psychological shame of slavery and Native American removal. The slaves in the account are regarded as experts on the witch, with Uncle Zeke identifying the witch as, "dat Injun spirit Andrew Jackson was brought nearly to heel and the master, John Bell, was dead. The role of the trickster not played by the Br'er Rabbit but the witch-rabbit, the spirit's common animal form.
The displaced, blacks, widows and girls, act as witness to a force polite society cannot comprehend. The witch, "appears as a catch-all for every remainder of resistant agency. Among those who were alive during the haunting, Ingram conducted interviews with Ibby Gunn, born in , a daughter of Uncle Zeke and the sister-in-law of Dean, as well as Mahala Byrns Darden, born circa , daughter of James Byrns.
Ibby Gunn shared some experiences of Dean including the creation of a witch ball made of hair by her sister Kate for her husband Dean, the use of which appeared to anger the entity. The chapter is a letter from Thomas L. Yancey, an attorney in Clarksville, dated January Yancey explained that his grandfather, Whitmel Fort, was a witness to phenomena at the Bell homestead and Fort had related the story of Jackson's visit which was undated in the letter. Yancey described his grandfather's account as, "quite amusing to me.
The Bell household was strained of resources from visitors and Jackson brought a wagon load of supplies with his men. Nearing the Bell homestead, the wagon stopped and appeared fastened to its position despite considerable effort by Jackson's men to free it. Jackson exclaimed, "By the eternal, boys, it is the witch. Instead of camping out, the party stayed at the Bell home that evening. Among the Jackson party was a 'witch layer' who boasted of his supernatural exploits. Tiring of the bravado, Jackson whispered, "By the eternals, I do wish the thing would come, I want to see him run.
The man's gun would not fire. The witch countered, "I'll teach you a lesson," and appeared to beat the man and led him out the door by his nose. Jackson exclaimed, "By the eternal, boys, I never saw so much fun in all my life. This beats fighting the British. That morning Jackson's men chose to leave for home as they were apprehensive as to who was next. Paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford , as well as Brian Dunning, conclude that there is no evidence that Andrew Jackson visited the Bell family home. During the years in question, Jackson's movements were well documented, and nowhere in history or his writings is there evidence of his knowledge of the Bell family.
According to Dunning, "The Presidential election was notoriously malicious, and it seems hard to believe that his opponent would have overlooked the opportunity to drag him through the mud for having lost a fight to a witch. Such legends, which may persist in a locale for generations, upon receiving a media treatment can spread far outside of the area where the legend originated.
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A prophecy was reported by May that the witch could return on the centennial of the Bell family arrival in Tennessee. The Herald also stated the copyright for Ingram's work had passed to his son Tolbert who was working at The Denver Times. In the work, he recounted stories he stated were told to him by his great aunt Betsy later in her life. This included another account of Andrew Jackson's visit and of a boy trapped in the Bell Witch Cave and pulled out of the cave feet first by the witch.
Bell also detailed a series of prophecies he stated were given to his ancestors in by the spirit, including a declaration the witch was set to return again in , years after her last visit to the Bell family. In , there were reports of quirky events. Louis Garrison, owner of the farm that included the Bell Witch Cave, heard unexplained noises coming from inside.
Bell descendants described the sound of something rubbing against a house, a paper like object that flew out the door and reentered through a side door, and faint music heard from a piano. The group were joking about the legend when they saw a figure of a woman sitting on top of the cliff over the cave causing many to flee.
The second report concluded with a weather report that the moon was barely noticeable that night. In November , an article was published involving an antique oak rocking chair said to have been previously owned by attorney Charlie Willett, a Bell descendant. The rocking chair was acquired in Willett's estate sale by Mrs.
Adams, owner of an antique store on U. A customer sat down in the chair, after learning it was not for sale, and while rocking in the chair asked Mrs. Adams if she believed in the supernatural. Two weeks later, the customer's daughter visited the home of Mrs. Adams and said after her mother had left and visited the Bell cemetery a voice told her to "stand up and look around, you will find something of much value.
She turned the kettle over and found a pearl buckle in the grass. The woman's daughter reported a jeweler estimated the buckle to be to years old. Attorney Charles Romaine Willett , son of Sarah Elizabeth Bell, began an interest in the newspaper business at the age of After some time playing professional baseball and working at other newspapers, Willett became the first managing editor of the Nashville Tennessean in while teaching himself law.
A mayor of Adams, and member of the State legislature, Charlie Willett was known for his reliability. According to community lore, the couple never married so as not to tempt fate as they descended from the Bell and Gardner families respectively. Brooks inquired what the couple thought about the rumor in the early s. Jerry Gardner explained if Charlie Willet ever asked her to marry him, she would assent. When Brooks related this to Charlie Willett, he immediately smiled, pulled his thumbs through his suspenders and said, "Oh, she said that, did she?
Bonnie Haneline, in , recounted a time during her childhood in when she was exploring the cave. She left English class, playing 'hooky,' and borrowed a lantern from Mrs. Garrison, the cave owner. She reported to have explored the cave with her friends for several years. While she was inside, her lantern blew out despite no breeze inside the cave. She managed to relight the lantern and it blew out again.
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